Rita Chowdhury

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Rita Chowdhury
Born (1960-08-20) August 20, 1960 (age 53)
Tirap, Arunachal Pradesh
Occupation Novelist, poet, lecturer
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Assamese
Citizenship Indian
Education MA, LLB, PhD
Period 1981-present
Literary movement Assam Movement
Notable work(s) Deo Langkhui
Notable award(s) Asom Shitya Sabha Award,
2006: Kolaguru Bishnuprasad Rabha Award,
2008: Sahitya Akademi Award
Spouse(s) Chandra Mohan Patowary

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Rita Chowdhury (Assamese:ৰীতা চৌধুৰী) (born 20 August 1960) is an established poet, novelist and Sahitya Akademi Award recipient in the world of Assamese literature.[1][2] She is working as a senior lecturer in Cotton College, Guwahati, Assam in Political Science Department.[3] She is wife of former president and senior leader of Asom Gana Parishad Chandra Mohan Patowary, who is a former cabinet minister of Assam.

Early days[edit]

Daughter of Biraja Nanda Chowdhury, Rita Chowdhury was born in Tirap District of Arunachal Pradesh. She did her schooling in Upper Haflong L.P. School and Higher Secondary in Margherita Public Higher Secondary School. She is double MA in Political Science and Assamese with an LLB and a Ph.D.

She was one of the prominent members of Jatiyatabadi Juba Chatra Parishad during the Assam agitation and was imprisoned twice in Guwahati and thrice in Dibrugarh Jail.

Literary works[edit]

Dr Chowdhury’s first novel was Abirata Jatra (English: Incessant Journey) in 1981[3] which won the first prize in a competition held by Asom Sahitya Sabha on the contemporary Assamese situation. She wrote this novel while she had to go underground during the Assam Movement.

She was the editor of Adharxila from 2001-2002.

Books[edit]

  • Abirata Jatra (Incessant Journey) in 1981 published by Bani Mandir, Dibrugarh
  • Thirthabhumi (The Shrine) in 1988 published by Deepti Prakashan, Dibrugarh
  • Maha Jibanar Adharshila (Foundation Stone of Great Life) in 1993 published by Jyoti Prakashan, Dibrugarh
  • Nayana Tarali Sujata in (1996), published by Lawyer's Book Stall, Guwahati
  • Popiya Torar Xadhu (Tale of a Meteor) in 1998 published by Cambridge India, Guwahati
  • Ragmalkosh in (1999), published by Assam Book Depot, Guwahati
  • Jala Padma (Water-Lotus) in 1999 published by Assam Book Depot, Guwahati
  • Hridoy Nirupai (The Helpless Heart) in 2003 published by Jyoti Prakashan, Guwahati
  • Deo Langkhui (The Divine Sword) in 2005 published by Jyoti Prakashan, Guwahati
  • Makam (The Golden Horse) in 2010 published by Jyoti Prakashan, Guwahati

Poems[edit]

  • Xudoor Nakshatra (The Far-off Star) in 1989, published by Sofia Publishers, Guwahati
  • Banariya Batahar Xuhuri in 1996
  • Alop Pooharar Alop Andharar (Streaks of Light and Darkness) in 1997 published by Lawyer's Book Stall, Guwahati
  • Boga Matir Tulaxi (Black Basil on White Soil) in 1999 published by Lawyer's Book Stall, Guwahati

Recent releases[edit]

  • Rajeev Eeshwar
  • Jahnavi
  • Ai xomoy xei xomoy

Upcoming novel[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bhattacharjee, Subhamoy (2009-01-26). "Royal allowance to community kings of Assam". Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Literary feats lauded". The Assam Tribune. December 29, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Chowdhury, Narzary given Akademi award". The Assam Tribune. February 18, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  4. ^ Editor, Assam Times (2008-12-23). "Sahitya Academy award to 2 Assamese litterateurs". Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  5. ^ "Sahitya Adademi Awards for Choudhury, Narzary". 2008-12-23. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 

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